Watch the arraignment of New Mexico jihadis below.
Jany Leveille, 35, leader of the cult and a Haitian national, was charged with being in the U.S. illegally and unlawfully and with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
The four other adults, all children of well-known radical preacher Siraj Wahhaj, Sr., were charged with knowingly conspiring to provide an illegal alien with firearms and ammunition. The adults named were:
- Siraj ibn Wahhaj, 40
- Hujrah Wahhaj, 37
- Subhanah Wahhaj, 35
- Lucas Morton, 40
The indictment further charges that between December 2017 and August 2018, the five established a training camp and firing range as part of a plan to prepare for violent attacks on government, military, educational and financial institutions.
If convicted on the conspiracy charges, each defendant faces five years in prison. In addition, Leveille faces 10 years in prison on the firearms charge and deportation upon completion of her sentence.
In early August, the jihadis’ compound was raided by local police who suspected there were starving children inside who were living in abusive conditions. The FBI was watching the compounded but had not moved in.
Eleven children were subsequently rescued. One of the teenagers reported they received military training and was groomed to carry out school shootings.
Another boy, the three-year-old disabled son of Siraj ibn Wahhaj, was found dead. The child had been denied his medicine and been subjected to exorcism rituals. He died during one of the rituals. As yet, charges relating to the death of the child and the abuse of the other children have not been brought against the defendants, although they may be in the future.
The five were arraigned in a New Mexico court on September 12, 2018, a day following the indictment by the grand jury.
Watch the arraignment which was broadcast live on Facebook: